BU Tourism Futures Forum @ WTM2011 World Travel Market, ExCeL, London, Thursday 10th November 2011 – 14.00 to 16.00

BU Tourism Futures Forum @ WTM2011
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World Travel Market, ExCeL, London, Thursday 10th November 2011
14.00 to 16.00 Room: North Gallery Rooms 6&7

Chaired by Professor Dimitrios Buhalis

Bournemouth University tourism experts organise again the BU Tourism Futures Forum @ WTM2011 and engage leading tourism practitioners from around the world on an interactive discussion to examine the future of tourism. The global challenges and opportunities for both tourism destinations and suppliers around the world require innovation in management and operations, calling for a major rethinking of both strategic and tactical Tourism Management. The Tourism Futures Forum will provide an insight into the future dimensions of the tourism industry. It examines major trends in tourism demand and supply and explores the strategic changes that lead to the international tourism industry restructuring. The Forum will be organised by

The University of Bournemouth in partnership with the World Travel Market and the TravelDailyNews are organising this forum to facilitate debate about the key strategic changes and to engage in a discussion about the successful response of the industry. The event will involve two short research-based presentations to stimulate discussion. Chairman Prof Dimitrios Buhalis will encourage all participants to contribute to the debate and discussion.


Invited Presentations

Dr Marcio Favila, United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Global Tourism Trends

Professor Adele Ladkin   Human Resources trends and Tourism

Dr Richard Shipway Olympics, Sport Tourism and Legacy


Invited Panelists include :

Marcio Favila, United Nations World Tourism Organisation

Dermot Blastland TUI   UK

John Kent YouTravel & Aquis UK and Greece  

Jens Thraenhart  DragonTrail.com China

El Hamy  El Zayat EMECO   Egypt

Justin Reid VisitBritain    UK

Daniela Wagner ewaterways   UK

Dmitry Khrapov tutu.ru   Russia

Ana Sustelo Just a Drop UK

Gerard Brown, UBM Aviation, Routes UK 

Brewery Investing in its Future

Hall and Woodhouse brewery, famous for its ‘Badger’ award winning beers, has agreed to a second cohort of students to complete the ‘Business and Hospitality Management’ accredited Higher Education course. This development arose from engagement between business development staff in the School of Tourism and the HR team at the company.

Company Managers recognised that investing in its people was critical to beat the recession and ensure that the business is well managed and providing the best experience for its customer base. However, they could not find the right level of education, training and support to upskill its existing workforce and were looking for options tailored to their distinct needs.

In order to develop a bespoke Higher Education degree programme for the company, the company’s HR team, working in conjunction with Keith Hayman (Head of CPD for the School), has invested significant commitment and resources. Keith has used his vast experience to identify skill gaps within the company and has created a bespoke course for its employees. The course is delivered at times that suit the management level students and includes elements of Marketing, HR and Financial Reporting to ensure effective management; and a motivated workforce throughout the chain.

In addition to the new cohort commencing next month, the first cohort progresses to Foundation Degree in March 2012. Once completed, recipients will receive a BA (Hons) degree.

EPSRC 6th Sense Transport project gets going by Dr Janet Dickinson

6th Sense Transport (6ST) investigates the feasibility of a social, spatial and temporal synthesis offered through locative media interventions, which situates users in a networked moment to make visible those transport sharing opportunities which have the capacity to reduce the number of fossil fuelled trips and associated carbon emissions while simultaneously influencing health-related quality of life measures.

Our research vision is to understand the extent to which behavioural change in transport habits and practices can be facilitated through the creation of a new form of ‘transport network’, based on extending social networking principles to transport users and their individual vehicles. Underpinned by relevant models and theories about behaviour change and assisted by technology, we will develop and encourage acceptance of an innovative, open, extensible technical platform called 6ST, providing users with new ways of understanding the relationships between their own future transport plans and those of others. Experiments will be undertaken in tourism, logistics and education domains. Dr Janet Dickinson is leading the tourism case.

Big welcome to Dr Stephen J Page who will be joining BU in January

Dr Stephen J Page

Dr Stephen J Page will be joining the School of Tourism at Bournemouth University in January.

Stephen has previously worked at London Metropolitan University, where he worked as a Senior Professor in Sustainable Tourism Management.

As well as working for London Metropolitan University Stephen has also worked for University of Stirling as Professor of Tourism Management and for Massey University in New Zealand as the director of the Centre for Tourism Research.

Key teaching areas include Urban Tourism Management and Sustainable Tourism. Stephen is also interested in areas of research such as transport and tourism, sustainability, crisis management and scenario planning in tourism, event and tourism management.

Stephen has written and co-authored a total of 33 books on Leisure and Tourism since 1994 and has been ranked as one of the top Tourism academics in the UK based on publications in the top three Tourism journals for the 5 year period 2003-2008.

Consultancy experience is another string to Stephens bow, as he has worked as an associate on Team Tourism for Edinburgh and advised National Tourism Organisations such as VisitScotland, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise for the Scottish Government.

Stephen also holds an Honorary PHD from the University of West London for tourism research and education. And is also on the editorial board of the Tourism Review International, Journal of Tourism History and Reviewer for all main Tourism Journals to name a few.

Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre undertakes vital research

Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre (BUDMC) provides world class training and technical assistance in disaster management to help reduce risks, build resilience and ensure rapid and sustainable recovery when disaster strikes.

The BUDMC operates globally providing services to government ministries, industry, international agencies, emergency services, the military and non-governmental organisations.

Bournemouth University’s International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research (ICTHR) and BUDMC have been selected to undertake vital research into global disaster management for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). This firmly places BUDMC at the centre stage of disaster management within the field of tourism.

Disaster Management is rapidly becoming a central feature of the 21st Century world in which we live and BUDMC has global experience in the field of delivering disaster management training and developing disaster management strategies. This expertise is combined with the international experience and reputation of ICTHR in the realm of tourism impacts and planning to place the School of Tourism firmly in the cutting edge.

Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre offers a range of intensive and highly interactive courses which are designed for the specific needs of tourism professionals and the tourism industry to meet the ever-increasing challenges of Disaster Management. They are delivered through a combination of lectures, practical exercises, discussion sessions and case studies.

All courses focus on the theory and practical applications of Disaster Management planning and cover natural disasters, human made disasters and complex emergencies. They provide a timely opportunity for tourism professionals to develop their understanding and strategies for integrating their organisation’s plans and structures with those of the host country’s government agencies and emergency services.

Watch a short video by Richard Gordon MBE, Director BUDMC on the objectives of these courses.

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis attends the United Nations World Tourism Organisation 2011 19th General Assembly

With Secretary General of World Tourism Organisation Dr Taleb Rifai and the Ministers of Tourism of Gabon, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, and Republic of Burundi

With Secretary General of World Tourism Organisation Dr Taleb Rifai and the Ministers of Tourism of Gabon, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, and Republic of Burundi

Number one influential author for articles in Tourism Management (*Google Scholar 2010), or BU’s Deputy Director of the International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research, Professor Dimitrios Buhalis participated in the United Nations World Tourism Organisation 2011 19th General Assembly conference in Gyeongju, South Korea.

Global experts gathered to discuss the UN officials debated the role of tourism, culture and sport in meeting global development goals and achieving a more sustainable future.

This saw Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik welcome over 600 participants to the General Assembly to “devise the tourism policies needed to revive the global economy”.

Professor Buhalis attended to represent Bournemouth University and the International Federation for IT and Travel Tourism.

Professor Buhalis said “I was happy to meet many good friends from the World Tourism Organisations and the many Tourism Ministers from around the world,” to discuss such important issues.

Cutting edge eTourism Lab to be launched

Bournemouth University is launching the eTourism Lab (eTL) as a part of the International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research (ICTHR) in the School of Tourism. The eLab is exploring cutting edge information and communication technologies and e-based strategic management and marketing for tourism and hospitality organisations.


Planning for Mega Sport Events

With the 2012 games just around the corner there couldn’t be a better time to be at Bournemouth University considering planning, impacts and legacies around mega sports events. Combine this with a Santander Scholarship and PhD student Rami Mhanna looks set to produce world leading research.

Rami plans to evaluate the potential of various mega sport events to leverage impacts, to analyse the factors that contribute to effective planning for leveraging impacts and analyse the cultural differences between host countries. From this he will develop a model of best practice to allow future events to plan effectively for leveraging impacts and legacies.

His research will focus on the scientific planning and management strategies between sporting organisations and host countries with an emphasis on the partnership between them. For this research he will examine the planning process related to different mega events in order to evaluate the role of planning in developing appropriate impacts and legacies.

To achieve all this Rami will interview organisers of a wide variety of different events such as the 2012 and 2016 Games and the FIFA World Cups of 2014 and 2018. Rami is supervised and supported by the School of Tourism, Bournemouth University who are world-leaders in tourism research and a leading provider of degree courses uniquely focused on the environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts.

BU at the World Travel Market 2011

The School of Tourism at Bournemouth University is a world-leader in tourism research and a leading provider of degree courses uniquely focused on the environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts. We are experts in the contemporary tourism sector, encompassing hospitality, retail, leisure, sports and events. Most of our graduates get jobs as soon as they leave the University and our alumni are working for companies and organisations throughout the world.

We are using our global tourism training, consultancy and research expertise as part of a forum to discuss tourism futures at the WTM. You can book to participate in the forum here.

This BU Tourism Futures Forum will engage leading tourism practitioners from around the world in an interactive discussion about the future of tourism. We think that tourism managers will require genuine innovation to thrive against a backdrop of geo-political change, economic pressures, new technology, exponential growth in new markets and rising costs of food, fuel and energy. We believe these shifts call for a major rethinking of tourism management and that the forum and our presence at WTM 2011 will allow us to share expertise and participate in the growing discussion. The forum will benefit managers from all spheres of tourism and travel and those who have an interest in the future of the industry.

Bournemouth University has an amazing talent pool of undergraduates, postgraduates and world leading experts. At WTM 2011 the School is offering the tourism and travel industry a brand new opportunity to engage with this talent pool for the pick of placement students, consultancy, research, continuing professional development and bespoke training.